A judge significantly lowered an Illinois woman’s bail on Nov. 17 after she was accused of driving drunk and crashing into a pond. The 31-year-old mother was facing four counts of aggravated DUI and a maximum of 12 years behind bars.
The woman was driving home from a party in Aurora on Oct. 15 in her 2007 Nissan Xterra when the accident occurred. She reportedly had four passengers in the vehicle with her. Near the Interstate 88 and Diehl Road, she allegedly lost control of her vehicle, causing it to go plunging into a pond.
Authorities took the woman into custody at the site of the crash. At the time, her blood alcohol content was more than .14 percent. The judge cited her lack of a criminal history when reducing her bail from $500,000 to $150,000, of which she must pay 10 percent before she can be released. If she does secure her release, she would be required to wear an alcohol-detecting anklet as well as a GPS device. After posting bail, she could be held for an additional 48 hours as federal agents may take her into custody for overstaying a temporary visa.
When a person is accused of drunk driving and causing a car accident, the potential legal consequences can be particularly severe. In some cases, a person could face years in prison as well as other punishments. Because DUI cases have both an administration and criminal part that progress very quickly, a lawyer could help walk a defendant through the process and create a strong defense against the accusations.